front yard design help!

thunder_dd87May 20, 2014

Greetings!

I purchased this home late last year, and am now looking to make it less of an eye sore. I'm completely new to this and have little to no knowledge about this kind of thing, so any advice would be appreciated.

The photos below are from different stages of removing the weeds and other plants. I plan to start completely over.
Toward the right of the house, I'm thinking about planting hedges, especially to cover the stained brick (drives me crazy). Thoughts on those? I have been drawn to more colorful shrubs.

In front of the porch and to the left, I have no clue what to do with this area. As mentioned earlier, colorful is great.

Suggestions on what I should plant?

Zone: 7
House faces SW.

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thunder_dd87

potential hedge area

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 5:09AM
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thunder_dd87

front of the porch

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 5:10AM
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thunder_dd87

left side

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 5:12AM
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yardvaark

Please add the most important photo -- the one taken from farther back that shows the overall house face, some space at each end, and the whole front yard.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 12:08PM
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emmarene

I think your potential hedge area does not have enough room for a hedge.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 3:15PM
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thunder_dd87

The hedge area is about 34" deep.
I will post more photos tomorrow! thanks everyone.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 3:18AM
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thunder_dd87

Yardvaark, what did you mean when you said "some space at each end?"

I took a bunch of photos. My house is a corner lot, so it is sort of awkward. Thinking about planting trees or hedges along the fence line as well. All just in my head thus far.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:27PM
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thunder_dd87

another of the front.

This post was edited by thunder_dd87 on Thu, May 22, 14 at 20:33

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:29PM
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thunder_dd87

closer view of the side.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:37PM
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thunder_dd87

sort of the view you get driving past our house. Not really loving the curb appeal.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:39PM
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thunder_dd87

another

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:41PM
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thunder_dd87

along the fence.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 8:43PM
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butterfly4u

thunder,
I would definately plant a tree right in the middle of the front lawn. You probably get alot of sun most of the day there, and the tree would provide needed shade.
You can plant a decideous tree now.
Just not too close to the house, and get something that doesn't get too big.
How much work are you willing to do?
Seriously, are you one to work on your yard on the weekend no matter how hot it is?
I would plant some evergreen shrubs where the brick drives you crazy, arborvitea globe comes to mind, but there are many others.
Congrats on your house! It's beautiful!
Remember, it will take years to get it to look perfect, and then you may change your mind and start over again....

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 9:01PM
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yardvaark

I would seriously consider widening the walkway approach as it turns toward the front door to the full width of space marked by posts. At minimum, back off the gardening in that area and return it to turf. It's very pinched with the beds closing in like they are.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 9:08PM
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thunder_dd87

butterfly, thanks for your input! When you say middle of the front yard, do you mean looking at the house straight away, or from the oncoming road--more toward the right of the house? And yes, I'm totally willing to work in the sun for hours. Suggestions on trees that won't get too large?

Yardvaark, wow, thanks! I never even thought of that but it makes perfect sense to widen the walkway from the mailbox up toward the house. It would definitely make it more inviting and less maze-like.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 1:03AM
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yardvaark

There is so little room between the walk and the garage a tightly clipped architectural shrub might be your best bet near the corners. (A perennial that doesn't get too tall or sprawl is another possibility.) Here are a few more ideas...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 10:00AM
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